Nady's 10th-inning single gives Pirates 4-3 win over Braves

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Mike Hampton grimaced after throwing a warmup pitch, and the Atlanta Braves bullpen got ready for a long night -- in the field and on the mound.

Eventually, Xavier Nady and the Pittsburgh Pirates broke through.

Nady, who hit two homers in the Pirates' extra-innings win in the series opener, drove in Nyjer Morgan with a 10th-inning single and the Pirates beat the Braves 4-3 tonight.

The Braves used seven pitchers after Mike Hampton's much-anticipated comeback was postponed by a chest injury suffered in pregame warmups. Jeff Bennett started in Hampton's place.

Hampton's absence forced the Braves to get creative with their bullpen. Chris Resop started the 10th on the mound, moved to left
field for a batter to set up a lefty-on-lefty matchup, and then went back to the mound. Resop (0-1) gave up Nady's go-ahead single.

The Pirates also have a new injury concern, after shortstop Jack Wilson left the game after straining his left calf while running out a game-tying single in the seventh inning.

Hampton and Wilson were listed as day to day.


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